A hot air balloon ride in New York City is an experience not easily forgotten. Because of the wind's effect on the flight, New York City hot air balloon rides are given in when the winds are calmest, after dusk and a few hours before dawn. When you meet up with your pilot and crew, your pilot will first get a sense of the wind's speed and direction by releasing a helium filled balloon and watching the flight path. Your pilot will then make the call to launch the balloon from where you've met or to find another, more suitable location to launch you New York City balloon ride. Your pilot and crew will begin unpacking the balloon system and spreading it out on the ground. You'll then be able to watch, and perhaps assist, in the inflation process of the balloon. Once the burners are fired up and the pilot heats the air in the envelope, the balloon will begin to rise before your eyes. Once fully inflated, the pilot will perform a final safety check before inviting you to board.
Now that everyone is on board safely, it's up, up and away as the ground crew releases weight and the pilot fires the burners lifting the balloon gently above New York City, New York! Your pilot will maneuver the hot air balloon vertically finding optimal wind patterns to effectively "steer" the balloon in the direction he wants. While doing this, you'll be floating effortlessly between 200-2,000 feet, soaking in the incredible views below on your adventure in the sky. As the pilot approaches his desired landing area, the chase crew will arrive and ensure the balloon touches down safely. You'll deboard the hot air balloon's gondola and the ground crew will deflate and pack up the balloon system. Tradition calls for a post-flight celebration amongst pilot, crew and new friends as you complete your first balloon ride in New York City.
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Shared balloon rides in New York City are the quickest and most economical way to experience the sensation of free flight. Shared New York City hot air balloon rides are just that, a shared experience with friends, family, or other like-minded people looking to experience the sensation of drifting along with the winds. As hot air balloon baskets generally carry between 2 and 8 passengers, it's not uncommon to arrive as strangers and leave as friends during a balloon ride in New York City.
Private balloon rides in New York City allow you the most freedom during flight in a hot air balloon, providing you with full range of the balloon's gondola and breathtaking 360 degree, uninhibited views. With just you and your loved one sharing incredible views and an adventure like no other, your New York City hot air balloon ride has all of the ingredients for a romantic adventure to remember forever!